7 Mostly Terrible Things That Independent Prosecutor Kenneth Starr Has Been Up To Since the Lewinsky Scandal
Monica Lewinsky is back in the news today, after the 40-year-old (yes, that does age us, doesn’t it?) opened up to Vanity Fair about her affair with Bill Clinton. The revelations aren’t salacious or anything, and she seems to be doing relatively well in her life, considering the years-long humiliation she suffered. But when I thought of Monica Lewinsky, I also immediately thought of Ken Starr, the independent prosecutor who basically wasted millions and millions in taxpayer dollars to investigate Whitewater, the suicide of Vince Foster, and the sexual improprieties of Bill Clinton. Whatever happened to him?
After four years of investigations and an impeachment hearing, basically all that Ken Starr had to show for the destruction he wrought was getting Bill Clinton’s law license suspended for five years. (Oh no! The President of the United States can’t practice law!) What sort of consequences did Ken Starr suffer for putting the country through all of that — for his overzealousness, and his allocating so many resources to what ultimately appeared to be a weirdly personal vendetta?
He became the Dean of Pepperdine Law School and, later, the President of Baylor University, proving that good things do happen to bad people!
Here’s what else he’s been up to since 1998.
— He represented Blackwater in a case that involved the deaths of four unarmed civilians by Blackwater contractors.
— After a high-school kid was suspended by an Alaskan school for unfurling a banner that said “Bong Hits 4 Jesus” during a school event, Starr took the case all the way to the Supreme Court — and won — arguing that schools could curtail the free-speech rights of students at school-sponsored events.
— He was on the legal defense of the Proposition 8 supporters in California, who sought to nullify 18,000 same-sex marriages.
— He defended millionaire Jeffrey Epstein against accusations of numerous counts of statutory rape of underaged high school students. Epstein eventually pleaded guilty.
— He sought leniency for a retired teacher who had been convicted of molesting five students, arguing that community service would’ve been a more appropriate punishment. FOR MOLESTING FIVE STUDENTS.
— He sought to overturn McCain-Feingold, which was designed to regulate the financing of political campaigns.
— Argued on behalf of Hobby Lobby (despite a financial conflict of interest) that Obamacare violates freedom of religion because it requires employee benefit plans to include contraceptive methods (i.e., Plan B), which he considers to be “abortifacients.”
But hey! He did at least admit that he shouldn’t have been in charge of the Lewinsky investigation and that it would’ve been better had someone else oversaw that ordeal.
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